There are plenty of different vacation and relaxation styles. Some people like to ride horses on our beaches while some people prefer to shop on The Strand. No matter if you are adventurous or more low-key, one thing that people can almost always agree on is the importance of food.
Whether you are just coming down I-45 South from Houston or somewhere farther away, there is no denying that Galveston offers a smorgasbord of delicious restaurants and eateries to try out. To sweeten the deal, Galveston's Restaurant Week is January 6 through 21 offering diners a chance to check out some of the best places we have to offer at discounted prices and with carefully curated menus. After being a part of island life for a few years now, I can confidently say that I have found some pretty good places to chow down and I am ready to share my top picks.
Gypsy Joynt is by far one of the most eclectic places to eat on the island. In addition to their extensive menu, the restaurant is a must-see because of the beautiful and a little kooky décor that fills the walls and even dangles from the ceiling. During Restaurant Week, diners will get the chance to eat delicious collaborations from Chef Mary Bass who was featured on the Food Network’s Iron Chef. Take a peek at their full menu here.
Located in the heart of Downtown, Riondo's is a great place to grab a bite to eat in between shopping or to grab a seat on their patio and people watch. Their menu features plenty of Italian favorites, fresh fish options and delicious appetizers to pair with a drink at their bar. During Restaurant Week Riondo’s will be offering a $15 lunch menu featuring, among other things, marble ranch wagyu lasagna and a $35 dinner menu featuring seared duck with an orange sauce and risotto. More info here!
Taquilo's Tex Mex Cantina
This is one of my favorite places to stop before or after catching a show at The Grand 1894 Opera House. This fairly new restaurant offers amazing Tex-Mex food and an unbeatable happy hour that runs seven days a week. Who doesn't love queso and delicious discounted margaritas? For Restaurant Week be sure to try out their set three-course $10 lunch special or the three-course $20 dinner menu. Depending on what menu you go for, you could be enjoying things like a three- cheese chicken tinga stuffed poblano pepper, amazing tacos, or enchiladas. Check out their full menu online.
You don't have to be on Seawall to have a great waterfront view, Willie G's has an amazing patio and walls of windows overlooking one of the best places to see dolphins on Pier 21. One of the fancier eating destinations on the island, this is a great place to bring a date or celebrate something special. Their Restaurant Week menu ranges from sliders, to seafood, to poultry offering something for the whole party. More information can be found here.
To counter one of the fancier locations, I bring you one of the most casual. The Spot is a great place to grab a seat and enjoy specialty burgers while taking in the views of the Gulf. For Restaurant Week try out their fried pickles, sweet & spicy burger, and a milkshake made with local ice cream from Hey Mikey’s. This counter service restaurant is beloved by locals and visitors alike. Scope out their menu for more info.
In case any of my fine recommendations didn't get your mouth watering or brain planning your next visit, you can check out all of the restaurants participating here.